Monday, May 11, 2015

Readers Write In: It Is Snake Season - Three Strikes You're Out!





Hi Dr. Steen,

Would you mind identifying this snake for me?
This would be a snake found in South Texas. I love this photo for my organization to use for educational purposes, but I don't want to give out false information!

Best regards,

Haley P.
Texas

Not a great picture, but it has some folks nervous about going to their cars. This was taken yesterday in Hoover, Alabama. To give you some sort of scale, the curb is 4” high. I love playing the guessing game, so I’ll give you my top three:

1. Water snake (not sure which one)

2. Pine snake (Northern)

3. Hog nose (the one I really want it to be)

Regardless, I don’t think it’s anything for anyone to be worried about. Do you agree?

Larry W.
Hoover, Alabama


Snake in SC

Mea S.
McCormick, South Carolina

Readers: What Are These Animals?
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Snake Identification Post Ground Rules

-Guesses are welcome and encouraged. Don't worry if you're not an expert, wrong guesses allow us to talk about how to distinguish between the various species and that's why I run these posts.

-If you can't explain why you think a snake is a particular species, go ahead and just say what you think it is. But otherwise please do let us all know how you identified the animal. If you're wrong, we can explain why. If you're right, this helps everyone learn how to identify snakes, which is the goal of these posts.

-You can safely assume that I know what kind of snake is in the picture, I run these posts because they are outreach opportunities. Please don't send me private e-mails with your guesses, include them below.

-Remember, the person that sent me the picture is probably reading your comments. Although it is frustrating to know that many of these snakes have been killed, these people do want to learn more about them. More snake knowledge will lead to fewer snakes being killed.

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